As we age, we lose the elasticity in our skin and breasts that were once youthful start sagging. This also happens following extreme weight loss and is not unusual after pregnancy.
The surgery for lifting breast tissue is called mastopexy, or a breast lift. A breast lift can also:
- Reduce the size of the areola, which is the dark skin around the nipple
- If your breasts are too small or have lost volume, breast implants can be inserted as well as a breast lift. This can increase both their firmness and size.
If you plan to have children, it is best to postpone surgery until later, as your breasts will change in size and shape during your pregnancy. The best results are obtained if you have adequate cup size but your breasts have sagged over time.
For a one-on-one consultation with experienced breast surgeon Dr. Jayesh Panchal, call Genesis Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa at 405-340-9949 today. We have offices in Edmond and Norman, and we serve patients throughout the Oklahoma City area.
- Planning Your Surgery
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- How Long Until I'm Back to My Normal Self?
Breast lift surgery eliminates excess skin from the breasts, helping to restore a more youthful and firm breast mound. The procedure can reduce physical and emotional discomfort brought about by sagging breasts and produce an appearance that is more complementary to surrounding features. Breast lift may also improve clothing options, reduce irritation, and enhance self-esteem. During your initial consultation, we will listen carefully to your desires and provide honest information about what the procedure may be able to do for you.
Ideal candidates for breast lift surgery are women whose breasts have begun to sag due to pregnancies, weight fluctuations, aging, and genetics. The procedure can also be used to address nipple position in cases where the nipple is no longer ideally centered on the breasts. To be a good breast lift candidate, you will need to be: A nonsmoker In generally good health Physically and emotionally prepared for a surgical procedure Able to take time off for a brief recovery period Realistic in your expectations Breast lift surgery addresses ptosis and can restore a firmer and perkier appearance to the breasts, but may also result in a slight reduction of cup size. If volume loss is of concern to you, Dr. Panchal can discuss breast implant options that can be used during your procedure to enhance the size and symmetry of your breasts.
Breast lift surgery is safe and effective for good candidates. Complications are extremely rare. As with any surgical procedure, breast list comes with general risks such as bleeding, infection, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. Dr. Panchal performs all procedures at JCAHO and/or AAAHC-certified locations where highly trained staff are on hand and anesthesia is administered by board-certified MD anesthesiologists. These things can help to reduce surgical risks. How closely you follow our pre and postoperative instructions will also play a role in your overall safety and comfort.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Panchal will examine your breasts, take measurements and check for any asymmetry. Having done that, he will discuss with you whether you will need any implants, or not, in conjunction with the breast lift surgery. This will depend on the size and shape you breasts, your weight, your expectations and finally on your initial breast volume. You and Dr. Panchal will also discuss with you the size of the nipple areola and whether they need to be reduced during the surgery or not, as well as how the surgery is done and where you will have the incisions following the surgery.
In your initial consultation, it's important to discuss your expectations frankly. Every patient has a different view of what is a desirable size and shape for breasts. Dr. Panchal will also explain the anesthesia to be used, the type of facility where the surgery will be performed, and the costs involved.
Dr. Panchal tends to remove minimal breast tissue and create a breast that looks full and tear drop in shape giving it a natural appearance. This is achieved by doing a superior pedicle technique which is the latest and newest technique currently used by nationally recognized plastic surgeons around the country.
See before-and-after photos of breast lift patients.
Breast lift surgery is performed under anesthesia and will not produce pain during the procedure. Some swelling, bruising, and minor discomfort can be expected following surgery. These things are dealt with through proper incision care, the use of analgesics, and a supportive compression garment. We will help you plan your recovery routine to help minimize any discomfort and assist in the fastest and most rewarding experience possible
Your breast lift may be performed in an outpatient surgery center.
Mastopexy usually takes one and a half hours to perform. If implants are placed, there is an additional hour added to the time.
The incision for a breast lift and the augmentation is the shape of a popsicle or a small anchor. It is placed around the nipple and a vertical part that extends from the nipple to the inframammary fold. The incision outlines the area from which breast skin will be removed and defines the new location for the nipple. When the excess skin has been removed, the nipple and areola are moved to the higher position. The skin surrounding the areola is then brought down and together to reshape the breast. Stitches are usually located around the areola, in a vertical line extending downwards from the nipple area, and sometimes along the lower crease of the breast.
If you're having an implant inserted along with your breast lift, it will be placed in a pocket directly under the muscle of the chest wall.
After surgery, you'll wear an elastic bandage or a surgical bra over gauze dressings. Your breasts will be bruised, swollen, and uncomfortable for a day or two, but the pain shouldn't be severe. Any discomfort you do feel can be relieved with medications prescribed by your surgeon. There are no drains.
Within a few days, the bandages or surgical bra will be replaced by a soft support bra. You'll need to wear this bra around the clock for three to four weeks, over a layer of gauze. The stitches are under the skin and therefore do not need to be removed.
If your breast skin is very dry following surgery, you can apply a moisturizer several times a day. Be careful not to tug at your skin in the process, and keep the moisturizer away from the suture areas.
You can expect some loss of feeling in your nipples and breast skin, caused by the swelling after surgery. This numbness usually fades as the swelling subsides over the next six weeks or so.
You will be in a surgical compression bra for extra support. You will receive pain medications and, within a few days your pain will be manageable.
You will wear the bra for six weeks to prevent any dragging sensation. Your stitches will be underneath the skin and will not need to be removed. There will no drains following the surgery. You may lose some sensation over your nipples for a few weeks but this will return in the vast majority of the patients.
You will be able to walk briskly after three weeks and do aerobic exercises in six weeks. You will feel some pain when you lift heavy objects and sometimes lifting toddlers may be difficult. You will need to wear a bra for around six weeks following surgery.
The cost of your breast lift surgery will be dependent on factors unique to your procedure. However, CareCredit®, a major financing company for plastic surgery procedures, has found the average cost to be $4,816. The best way to learn how much your breast lift will cost – and what will be included in the fee – is through a one-on-one consultation at one of our Oklahoma City area offices.
Breast lift surgery is an aesthetic procedure and will not be covered by insurance. At Genesis Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa, we work with both CareCredit® and Prosper Healthcare Lending to provide financing for breast lift patients. We also accept most major credit cards along with cash, and offer a 20% discount on surgeon’s fees for payments made in full within seven days of the procedure.